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It’s not always easy to stand out at a job fair, however, if you arrive prepared, approach each table politely and well-practiced, and follow up the right way – you’re sure to be remembered.

Follow these eight steps, and you’ll make a great first impression when you attend a job fair:

1. Research:

  • Look – or ask – for a list of all the companies who will be attending prior to the event
  • Prioritize the ones you want to approach
  • By researching the companies you want to meet, you’ll be able to ask deeper questions and get better info if you already have some background knowledge to work with

2. What You Should Bring:

  • Don’t carry a bulky briefcase or handbag – you want to be able to easily navigate your way around the room
  • Bring a dark, plain folder to hold your resumes and any information you pick up at the event
  • Have at least 20 copies of your resume, a pen and paper for taking notes, and business cards with your contact information

3. Attire:

  • Dress professionally and check your coat or leave it in the car
  • If wearing heels, make sure they are comfortable as you might be on your feet for several hours
  • Your name tag goes on your right side because you’ll be shaking hands with your right hand – having the name tag on the same side as the hand shake draws the recruiter’s eye to your name, making it easier for them to remember

4. Don’t Be Shy:

  • As you approach each table, be friendly, confident, and prepared with something to say
  • Introduce yourself with a smile, eye contact, and a firm handshake
  • Have your elevator pitch ready – a 30 second synopsis of your background and experiences
  • Speak slowly and with interest

5. Resume:

  • As you speak about yourself, hand your resume to the recruiter and point out the places that represent what you’re saying

6. Memorable Goodbye:

  • When the conversation is wrapping up, make sure to thank the person you’re speaking with for their time
  • Request their business card

7. Follow Up:

  • Within 24-48 hours of the job fair, send a thank-you email to each person you meet with
  • Personalize each email to each company and recruiter

8. Take Action:

  • For the companies you are interested in, follow the recruiter’s instructions about applying for a position
We hope you find these tips helpful.  At Smart Staffing Group, we take a great deal of pride in helping people not only find rewarding positions, but also grow personally.

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